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Something for The Weekend: recession A/W show and Bath’s Vintage Sunday

recession fashion show A/W12

Friday

Catwalk shows don’t come much quirkier than recession‘s seasonal fashion event, which takes place at the Southbank Club in Bedminster tomorrow night. Doors open at 7.45pm and tickets cost £6. The exact details are tightly under wraps but expect preloved clothes, models with attitude and the opportunity to buy clothes featurered on the runway straight after the show.

Bath in Fashion Vintage Sunday

Sunday

Vintage Sunday returns to Bath’s Green Park Station this weekend. There will be over 70 stalls selling everything from 1920s lace gowns to novelty crockery. Expect period designs, goodtime bands, exquisite vintage clothing and quirky homewares. Still not convinced? Check out my post on the last Vintage Sunday event here.

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven eight days…

Homemade shelves, complete with colour-coordinated books

  • A four day weekend? Yes please! I figured I might as well wait until today to post this week’s RTW, so I could include the Easter weekend. Last night I went to a house warming party in Newbury, ate delicious homemade chocolate cake, drank vodka and caught up with friends I haven’t seen since Christmas…
  • …and those extra two days gave me a chance to finish painting our first DIY project – the shelves! Here is one side, filled with all our books, which, yes, are colour-coded : )

  • Chocolate (and dessert). I’ve never ‘done’ Lent before, but I decided to give up dessert this year, and it wasn’t easy! I love sweet food, and have been known to plan whole meals around what’s on the dessert menu. Needless to say I was delighted to tuck into an Easter egg on Sunday morning, and a slice of cake and apple pie last night.
  • Vintage dresses and DIY. On Saturday I took some time out from fixing up our bathroom to have a bit of fun and shoot the vintage dresses I bought at Vintage Sunday last weekend. Take a look here.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let mHow did you spend your Easter? Let me know by commenting below….

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Vintage DIY

Vintage DIY

Happy Easter! Word has it that Easter Bank Holiday weekends are traditionally about two things: DIY and chocolate. My weekend has been filled with the former, and I’ve had quite enough of curtains, u-bends and B&Q, so I though I’d take a few shots of the dresses I bought at Vintage Sunday last week*.

This gorgeous white and navy dress is from Ears & Whiskers. It fits like a glove and I thought it only right to pair it with some dainty navy heels that used to belong to Grandma Ship-Shape. I fell head over heels for it but little did I know that another market stall would present something of a quandary.

At reoundreloved, I discovered a beautiful navy pleated skirt dress, with white trim. I’d already spent most of the money I came with, and I had to be talked out of trying it on and walking away. I think I managed to stay away for about four minutes before I came back to try the dress on, hoping it wouldn’t fit, or that I wouldn’t like it. No such luck! Kate and Bronia of refoundreloved were kind enough to listen to my plea and let me have the dress for £22 instead of £28. Thank you girls – you made my day and I can’t wait to wear this dress!

Navy vintage dress from www.refoundreloved.co.uk
Navy vintage dress from refoundreloved
Navy dress
Navy dress as before, brown leather brogues from River Island
Vintage DIY Ears & Wiskers dress
Vintage DIY dress from Ears & Whiskers

*Clearly I’m far too clumsy to dress like this to paint shelves. My normal uniform is a pair of paint-covered Topshop jeans, circa 2004, and an old t-shirt, both of which are far better suited to knocking over cans of primer and getting covered in sawdust…

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Vintage Sunday at Bath in Fashion

recession stall at Vintage Sunday

recession's stall at Vintage Sunday, Green Park Station

On Sunday I took a trip to Bath for Vintage Sunday, the icing on the cake of Bath in Fashion, an annual event dedicated to celebrating the city’s fashion pedigree. Bath is just a 10 minute train ride from Bristol, yet I rarely find the time to go there, despite the gorgeous architecture, wealth of shops and a a fair few decent pubs and restaurants too.

Vintage Sunday was held at Green Park Station, under the stunning glass roof, which was lit up by the spring sunshine (remember that?). Market stalls were plenty, along with a jazz band to provide some ambiant music, and a secret tea party, held upstairs, above the hubbub of the market. Perhaps it’s that Vintage Sunday provided sellers that I don’t normally see in Bristol, accept for the fantastic recession, who were trading out of a bright blue vintage car, above, but I felt invigorated walking around all the stalls. There was so much to soak up, from scraps of silk fabric and wicker picnic baskets, to antique lace dresses and costume jewellery.

I had to restrain myself as there was so much I wanted to buy, but (and this is a tip for shopping at markets) I came with a limited amount of cash, so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy more than I could afford. I also attempted to haggle, which isn’t something I normally feel comfortable with at vintage fairs, but it paid of and I walked away with two beautiful dresses, and this old tapestry, below.

I’ve got to do some more DIY now (today we took our bathroom apart to investigate a leaking u-bend – a very rock and roll way to start the Easter weekend) but I’ll be posting some pictures of the beautiful dresses over the weekend, so stay tuned!

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Bath in Fashion Vintage Sunday

  • Vintage Sunday. I’ve just got back from a fantastic day in Bath with Amy, socking up the sun and enjoying the fantastic vintage fair at Green Park Station. The event was part of Bath’s annual Bath in Fashion programme, and there were so many fantastic bargains to be had, that I got a bit carried away! Expect a post later in the week with more photos and my fantastic finds…
Vintage bits

My vintage finds from Bath

Shelves!

Shelves!

 

  • Running. I took a two week break from running after the Bath Half, but this week I got back in the saddle, or back on the pavement, and took advantage of running in British Summer Time. So far, the positives are that I can see where I’m putting my feet, and it’s not freezing cold. The major downside is that now the world can see my bright red face as I run past them at the pace of a snail.
  • DIY. I have a love/hate affair with doing up the house, but I’m chuffed to bits that we now have finished, functional shelves in our living room. One side is completely finished, and I’ll be spending the next week priming and painting the other side. Mr Ship-Shape spent ages measuring out all the timber and sawing/drilling etc – I’m really proud of him as he has more of a hate/hate DIY.
  • Decor8blog.com.  I love the inspirational posts on this interiors blog and now that we’ve got the house I feel like I can start to put some of the fantastic ideas into practice. This blog has tips on everything from flower arranging to picking a colour for your bedroom.

What has been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below….

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